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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rivera KR7 on its way

In a momentary lapse of judgment I have purchased a Rivera KR7 on the bay for a pretty decent price. It is a custom one off, low hours of use, and just got a clean bill of health from Rivera. I can not wait for it to get here! lol! Now I just have to decide if I should let my VHT Pitbull UL or the Mesa two channel triple rec go to pay for it. Or do I keep them all! lol! Have a great day eveyone, just wanted to share my excitement! later, Tobe
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

the amp came to day, and is pretty rockin'. There are a lot of options, and I haven't messed with the head master switcher yet, but I am really digging the tone this amp puts out. Even more definition than my Pitbull UL. Needless to say I am totally stoked!
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

Apparently they are tight as...
post me some clips bro.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-30-2010, 02:18 PM
 
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

No pic = No rivera amp


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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-06-2010, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

will do asap. super busy right now, will do it this weekend, the built in mini control is super nice as well.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-21-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

Riveras rule....I have two now and have owned three so far. I currently have a Duarte and one of the first KHR 55s, which has been completely updated by Rivera to be more like the newer spec. They are great amps, and I still want to get a TBR-M to add to the collection. Riveras are my favorite amps. There isn't any sound that I haven't been able to dial in. Enjoy your amp.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

Okay,

Here is a quick review and some pics and some clips. Sorry it took so long! lol!

I purchased this used off ebay recently, and although it differs cosmetically from the production model of the KR7, internally it is the same. List is around 2800.00.

To start off with, I am not particularly a Slipknot fan; in fact I do not really know much about the group at all. I was looking for a new amp that had the definition of my Pitbull UL, but with more features. I had always enjoyed Riveras, and when this one became available I snapped it up.

I have not totally delved into this amp yet. I have basically set up three of four tones just to get used to it so far. My impressions so far are as follows:

The clean channel is great, I mean really really great for a high gain amplifier. With the reverb turn on it sounds awesome.

The second channel is very good as well, however when the boost is turned on it seems like there is some slight compression going on that I am not very happy with.

The third channel has ungodly amounts of gain, and I have set that up for soloing. It has a great sound, but currently I feel the sustain is lacking a little bit.

The amplifier comes with Riveraís headmaster midi control, and I must say this is a great feature! You can turn on and off the different channels, boost, reverb, etc and program the different desired settings into patches. It makes this amp so versatile itís incredible. My only complaint with this feature is that the amp has several push/pull settings that cannot be controlled via midi. Overall though this feature almost makes this amp into a four-channel amp, itís great!

Complete specs can be found at:
http://www.rivera.com/products/knuckle/kr7.php

As I continue to familiarize myself with this amplifier I will amend this post and create a more polished review. I do like it more than the Pitbull, but it does have the same issue as the Pitbull that is a great strength and potential weakness. The KR7 is very articulate and every note comes through very well. Unlike a rectifier, which tends to ďglossĒ notes together this amp really lets them come through. Every guitar sounds different through it. So while this can be very desirable, it also makes it much harder to cover up sloppiness or mistakes.

The following four clips were made quickly purely for tone examples. Clip one is the clean channel with the reverb on. Clip two is channel two with out the boost on. Clip three is channel two with the boost on for a lead. Clip four is channel three with some faster lower register riff. All four clips were made with the Charvel San Dimas Model 2 2H guitar. The mic was a Shure SM57 into an Allen and Heath console outputted into a DP 2408 for my DAW.

http://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/review/rivera_KR7.jpg
here is a link to a http://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/review/clean_KR7.mp3 clean example
here is a link tohttp://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/re..._channel_2.mp3 channel two w/o boost
here is a link to http://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/re...el_2_boost.mp3 channel two with boost
here is a link to http://home.comcast.net/~freemrtn/re..._channel_3.mp3 channel 3
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

Damn! That is very clean, then very heavy!

I've heard some beautiful stories about Riviera amps, but being in the UK, I have NEVER seen one in a shop.

You have a great time with that amp!
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2011, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

Yes, I really love the clean tones. It nice to have an amp that can do both well.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-06-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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Re: Rivera KR7 on its way

My Rivera's clean was as good, if not better than any Fender I've played. Same with the reverb. Nice find, congrats!
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